Vertical offense? Wes Welker? I agree that he needs to be in an offense that takes advantage of his abilities in the slot, but I'm not sure I would call that a vertical offense since Welker makes the majority of his catches 3-7 yards downfield.
Douglas should go. He is owed $3.6 million next year in terms of cap and is an average No. 3 at best, and more of a good No. 4 wide receiver. The Falcons offense would be better with Roddy in the slot for the next 2-3 years, and another vertical threat on the outside to match with Julio. Thus if/when Julio gets hurt, we still have a deep threat. If the Falcons keep DOuglas a the 4th wide out that would be fine, but not for his price tag. He shoudl be making about half of what he is making (under $2 million)
But the chances that happening, and this team paying players what they are worth will be a cold day in hell. Sam Baker, Stephen Nicholas, Osi Umenyiora, Steven Jackson, Thomas DeCoud, are all expendable and overpaid players along with Douglas that this team doesn't need, and certainly doesn't need them for the price we're paying them. But who wants to bet that at most only 2, maybe 3 of the guys I Just named get their contracts reworked or cut outright.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.